In the wake of the nationwide protests in the US against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd, Google CEO, Sundar Puchai, announced that Google will be pledging $37 million to fight racism. In an email to his employees, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, also urged them to stand together in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the “memories of Black lives lost.”
The U.S. is amid the biggest civic unrest in the country’s history following the death of 46-year-old Floyd when a white police officer pinned him down and kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath. The incident has triggered nationwide protests in the country. In some cases, peaceful protests turned violent resulting in large scale looting, damage to properties and monuments, and vehicles being set ablaze. Thousands of people have been arrested. Curfew was imposed in several cities, including New York and Washington DC, as most protests turned violent during the night.
Pichai said the company would be giving $12 million in funding to organizations working to address racial inequities and $25 million in Ad Grants to help organizations fighting racial injustice provide critical information.
Further, Pichai said, “Our first grants of $1 million each will go to our long-term partners at the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative. And we’ll be providing technical support through our Google.org Fellows program. This builds on the $32 million we have donated to racial justice over the past five years. Our Black community is hurting, and many of us are searching for ways to stand up for what we believe, and reach out to people we love to show solidarity. Yesterday, I met with a group of our Black leaders to talk about where we go from here and how we can contribute as Google. We discussed many ideas, and we are working through where to put our energy and resources in the weeks and months ahead.”